Headwinds are Building Against Future Growth in Mexican Defense Spending

by Bill Ostrove, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Mexico Army paratroopers. Image: Wikipedia.

The fight against drug cartels and organized crime remains the primary driver of defense spending by Mexico. Since 2006, the nation’s military has worked closely with national and local police to combat trafficking networks and organized criminal groups.  As Mexico’s economy has improved and operations against drug cartels have continued, defense spending has steadily increased. Continue reading

The $634 Million Maneuver Control System – Keeping Army Warfighters In the Loop

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Army's Maneuver Control System

U.S. Army’s Maneuver Control System.  Source: globalsecurity.org

The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Control System is an essential component of the service’s Battle Command System, providing critical coordination among Battlefield Functional Areas, or BFAs. The BFAs that pertain to the MCS are Maneuver, Fire Support, Air Defense, Combat Service Support, and Intelligence/Electronic Warfare. A prime element of the MCS is a situation map – part of the Common Operation Picture, or COP – that displays, via use of data from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Defense Mapping Agency, the locations of friendly and enemy units; intelligence, electronic warfare and fire support graphics; and air corridor information. Continue reading

U.S. Army Makes Significant Investment in HEMTT/PLS Recapitalization

by Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles Analyst, Forecast International.

HEMTT-A3. Source: Oshkosh Defense

HEMTT-A3. Source: Oshkosh Defense

The U.S. Army continues to bolster its logistic support capability with a series of recent contracts let to truck manufacturer Oshkosh Defense. In late March 2016, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Defense three contracts, with a combined value in excess of $433.3 million, for the recapitalization of at least 991 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks and Palletized Load System vehicles and 345 PLS trailers. Continue reading

The U.S. Army’s Next C4ISR Platform, the ARL-E, Becoming a Reality

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). By Mark Harkin (N8200HUploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). By Mark Harkin (N8200HUploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The next step in the saga that is the U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance Low program has unfolded. On November 5, the Army awarded Leidos a massive $661.84 million contract in support of Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E). The ARL-E project follows from the Army’s failed attempt to replace the ARL platform with the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), which was canceled in 2006. Continue reading

Oshkosh Defense Decline Reverses with JLTV Win

by Dean Lockwood, Senior Weapons Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Oshkosh's Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV). Source: Oshkosh

Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Source: Oshkosh

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh Defense a $114.7 million contract for low-rate initial production and full-rate production of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The U.S. Department of Defense currently maintains a revised procurement objective of 54,599 JLTVs – 49,099 for the Army and 5,500 for the Marine Corps. The Government Accountability Office estimates that the DoD will spend more than $53.3 billion on the JLTV program – $1.082 billion for RDT&E and at least $52.3 billion for procurement. The Army expects the JLTV to achieve Initial Operational Capability in 2019. Continue reading

U.S. Army Earmarks $44 Million for CRA Projects to Thwart Cyber Attacks

By Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

CRA_LogoV2Forecast International is projecting that over the next 10 years, the U.S. Army will spend some $44 million on projects being implemented by its Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance.  In the latter part of the decade, funding will average more than $5 million a year as the Army attempts to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities.

This funding is being driven by the Army’s need to advance the theoretical foundations of cyber science in the context of Army networks.  Among future efforts, the project will develop theories and models relating fundamental properties of dynamic cyber threats to dynamic risk assessments and defensive maneuver algorithms.
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MILES Training System Popular in U.S. and Abroad

by Andrew Dardine, Forecast International.

MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System)

MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System)

The MILES simulator, which uses lasers to replicate battlefield scenarios, continues to enjoy demand from the Pentagon and on the international market. Forecast International is projecting steady sales of the MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) in multiple variants, in particular the MILES 2000, the Individual Weapon System (IWS), and the Instrumented-Tactical Engagement Simulation System, Increment II (I-TESS II).

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